Quagmire of Absurdity
by Matt L.
by Matt L.
You dont know what its like living in the shadow of your best friend. Not that Pam doesnt treat me totally cool. I mean, sometimes she can be so self-centered.
Mrs. Hendricks, Emerson High Schools primary guidance counselor, encouraged Chloe to continue.
I suppose you think Im chalk full of envy, Chloe bluntly asserted with a beleaguer expression, But really Im not. Ill admit, Pamela is outgoing and popular, Im much quieter. Even when were out, like at the mall or something. Pam attracts all kinds of attention and I just drift off into the background, I dont think they notice me anyway. After all, Pam has the looks.
You said that Pamela can be self-centered, is this whats bothering you?, Mrs. Hendricks asked.
I dont get asked out much, most guys see me as a friend. All except Billy Rascals. Since junior year we kind of took too each other in a completely platonic way. Things have changed, I dont know if we just grew on each other or because were now seniors or what? But Billy invited me to the autumn dance at his dads lodge; Id really like to attend.
Mrs. Hendricks smiled with approval, I know Billy, quite well. Hes very nice, good for you.
Chloe flashed a wide smile, Thanks, I really like Billy.
Then whats stopping you from attending the dance? It isnt because of your weight? Mrs. Hendricks inquired.
Chloes body language reflected the emotional havoc that plagued her mind.
Would I like too be slim like Pam? Yeah but Ive always been pudgy, it doesnt bother me so much anymore. And Billy says Im cute.
You brought up Pamela Saxon again, what does she have too do with the dance? Does she have a thing for Billy?, Mrs. Hendricks questioned.
You kidding? Pam thinks Billys a square, even when she sees him around school, she wont acknowledge him unless Im there too.
Alright, Mrs. Hendricks looked over her glasses, I know of Pamelas reputation, she can be something of snob. Ive spoken to her about this on several occasions and about her vanity. What does this have too do with going out with Billy?
Chloes voice took on an unbecoming whine, nervous stress no doubt.
I baby sit, thats how I make my spending money, for a few families, mainly family friends. The Waldens have me scheduled for the same night as the dance, I asked Pam to do me the favor and watch their baby so I could go to the dance. Pam flatly refused because of some stupid party. Pam is always being invited to parties, how often do I get a date!
Mrs. Hendricks nodded, I understand, you have every right too be upset, although bitterness toward Pamela wont solve a thing.
I do favors for Pam all the time. Just the other week, I changed my plans so_.
Mrs. Hendricks cleared her throat then candidly remarked, No need too go through the details, you made your point. This is a special occasion, not just a randomly arranged rendezvous. Pam should show you some empathy given the fact youre not as popular as she is.
Chloe sourly droned, Like I told you, Pam can be very self-centered.
Yes, Chloe, Pamela is very self-centered and awfully vain, Mrs. Hendricks disclosed with unambiguous certainty, But vanity is a tremendous burden, just like conceit .
(Continued in post 4 of this thread)